Gard. By analysing the results of the legislative attempts to privatize common land, this study highlights how the Revolution's agrarian policy profoundly affected French rural society and the economy. Not only did some members of the rural community, mainly small-holding peasants, increase their land holdings, but certain sectors of agriculture were also transformed; these findings shed light on the growth in viticulture in the south of
France before the monocultural revolution of the 1850s. The privatization of common land, alongside the abolition of feudalism and the transformation of judicial institutions, were key aspects of the Revolution in the countryside. This detailed study demonstrates that the legislative process was not a top-down procedure, but an interaction between a state and its citizens. It is an important contribution to the new social history of the
French Revolution and will appeal to economic and social historians, as well as historical geographers.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
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About the Author
Noelle Plack is Senior Lecturer in European History at Newman University College, Birmingham, UK.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: the French Revolution, the peasantry and village common land; Mise en scène - the department of the Gard; From liberal to radical revolution, 1789-1792; The Jacobin revolution, 1793; Post-1793: backlash and regularization; The Empire and beyond; The socio-economic impact of common land reform; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.